Healthy Eating

5 Comforting Drinks You Need During “Sick Season”

Plus four recipes & immune-supporting add-ins.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

It’s that time of year where many of us are turning to more comforting drinks. From soothing scratchy throats that come with colder, dryer weather, to warming the body and soul, warm beverages are something we all need as we head into cooler temperatures. 

Good news — we’re sharing five comforting drinks you need during “sick season,” aka fall and winter, but really any time of year where you’re just craving something that’s good for the body and soul. 

Plus, we’re sharing some immune-supporting add-ins that you can enjoy with all of your favorite drinks. 

5 Comforting Drinks You Need This Time of Year

#1 Bone Broth 

Nothing compares to bone broth when you are in need of a comforting drink to warm the soul. Bone broth is jam-packed with benefits thanks to its rich collagen, amino acid, and electrolyte content, so we love using it in our soups or just sipping on a mug in place of that afternoon cup of coffee. 

We’re sharing a simple bone broth recipe below, but if you’re crunched for time and prefer an already prepped option, some great bone broth brands include Bonafide Provisions and Bare Bones bone broth.

Instant Pot Simple Bone Broth Recipe (The Ultimate “Sick Season” Comforting Drink!)  

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb bone broth bones (you can find this at places like Whole Foods or simply use bones from 1 whole roasted chicken) 
  • 12 cups water 
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp herbs of choice (thyme, rosemary, oregano are all super yummy!) 
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 pinch of cracked black pepper 

Add the bones to the base of the pot and add the water and apple cider vinegar and stir. 

Add in the remaining ingredients and add the lid and turn the valve to seal. 

Cook on the high manual setting for 120 minutes and allow the Instant Pot to naturally release, or use the quick release setting if crunched for time. 

Allow the broth to cool before straining and then add to mason-style jars and store in the fridge and enjoy within a few days, or store in the freezer to reheat. 

Storage Tip: Freeze in ice cube trays to easily reheat on the stove when you’re craving a mug! 

How to Enjoy

You can use bone broth as your base for soups and stews or simply warm up a mug with a pinch of sea salt for the ultimate comforting drink to enjoy all season long. 

#2 Calming Herbal Teas 

If you’re feeling under the weather or are just craving warmer, more comforting drinks during the fall and winter months, herbal teas are always a good idea. They make a great addition to a calming evening routine or even a great caffeine alternative if you are looking for a caffeine-free way to start your day. 

Here are some of our go-to tea options for this time of year. 

  • Chamomile 
  • Ginger 
  • Peppermint 
  • Throat Coat (Traditional Medicinals) 

How to Enjoy 

Brew a mug and enjoy with a drizzle of raw honey and any optional add-ins (see below). 

#3 Turmeric Latte 

A turmeric latte is a staple in any wellness routine this time of year, and this is one of those comforting drinks we find ourselves turning to as a caffeine alternative too! Right from FitOn PRO, this drink is easy to make and makes a yummy addition to your evening routine. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 drops vanilla stevia (optional)

Add the milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Once warm, add the rest of the ingredients. Remove once heated. 

Pour into a mug and enjoy!

#4 Creamy Vanilla Chai Latte 

Here’s another comforting drink we all could use this time of year! This Nutritionist-developed FitOn PRO recipe is made with whole food, real ingredients, and makes a great alternative to those sugary lattes we all tend to crave when cooler weather hits. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 drops vanilla stevia (optional)
  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 4 small cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup cashew, soaked

Heat the coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add all of the ingredients, except the cashews, and stir gently to combine. Remove from heat.

Pour the mix into a blender and add the cashews. Blend until your chai is smooth and frothy. 

Serve in a mug and sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired.

#5 Detox Tea 

This FitOn PRO recipe is a must-have staple during the colder months of the year. It’s a comforting drink that’s warming and packed full of nutrient-dense ingredients that make the ideal beverage to enjoy first thing in the AM. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Freshly ground ginger to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 drops of stevia liquid (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

To make your tea, add the ingredients to a jug of boiling water and stir to combine. If you like a chilled drink, keep it in the fridge and drink it cold.

Immune-Supporting Add-ins

Looking for some healthy add-ins? These all make great additions to your daily mug of tea or any of your favorite comforting drinks. Some even come with some immune-supporting benefits! 

  • Raw Honey: Raw honey is rich in antioxidants, making it an excellent addition to your go-to comforting beverages this time of year. Try drizzling some into tea for natural sweetness. 
  • Cayenne Pepper: If you can tolerate a little heat (like in our FitOn PRO Detox Tea), a little cayenne pepper can go a long way as just like honey, this hot pepper is loaded with antioxidants. 
  • Ghee: To add some healthy fat to some of your favorite cooler weather drinks, consider adding a teaspoon of ghee to things like bone broth and even your turmeric milk. It adds creaminess, and it also happens to be a great source of fat-soluble vitamins like A, E, and K. 

What’s Your Favorite Comforting Drink? 

Do you have a favorite drink you turn to when the weather gets cooler or that you rely on when sick season comes around? Whether you have a favorite or are looking for something new to add to your wellness routine, consider one of these comforting drinks. Not only are they healthy, but they all make super yummy additions to either your morning or evening routine. 

So grab your favorite mug, brew a cup of tea or heat up some bone broth and take five to ten minutes for you. Your mind and body will thank you.